Some food-related (mostly) things we enjoyed this past week:
We’ve mentioned it before, and last weekend made a pilgrimage to the always awesome Asian grocery store, Super H Mart, for Dan’s kimchi fix (stay tuned for a post on kimchi fried rice in the near future.) Â We’ve always been curious to try something from the food court there, and are so glad we finally did! Â I had a noodle stir fry dish with chicken, Dan had a spicy Korean chicken dish (similar to this), and we were quite impressed with both meals, which tasted like they came from a high-end Asian restaurant, rather than a grocery store food court. Â Our only disappointment is that we were too full to order anything from the little dumpling shop. Â Next time.
Whenever I find calla lilies on sale, I usually buy a few. Â We used them in our wedding, so I’ll always have a soft spot for them. Â Plus they last at least a week if you get them really fresh.
We both have a soft spot for a nice lunch on a patio. Â While the Northeastern half of the country is experiencing record low temperatures (sorry
suckers friends and family who live in those places!), we’ve been lucky to enjoy a few unusual-for-January days with temps in the 70s. Â Yet we will still likely have at least a few more cold-enough-for-a-fire-in-the-fireplace days before Spring officially arrives. Â Fickle Texas weather at its finest.
I debated whether to post anything here, especially since it certainly is not a “favorite” by any means, but ultimately decided I couldn’t talk about our week without mentioning a significant family event. Â Last week we lost our much beloved Aunt Ella, who passed away after a massive stroke. Â Ella is my dad’s aunt and somewhat of a matriarch of our family. Â Although she never married or had children of her own, Ella looked after so many of us in her very special, loving way. Â Not just family members either — she touched lives and made a difference for countless people in her community, church (where she was a member for 80 years!) and life’s path. Â She lived a long and fulfilled life — the kind that makes you stop and wonder what you might do to improve your own journey and live better — and passed the same way she lived: Â with peace, grace and her quiet, comforting presence available to all the many loved ones who came to say goodbye. Â We will dearly miss our sweet Aunt Ella. Â May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.